Pine Cove Forge Asia Minor Study Tour

Dec 27 - Jan 9, 2016

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The Lycus River Valley

Today was another spectacular day for us! It was much colder today, but we managed to stay warm pretty well and were able to see all that we intended to see. We are grateful to God for the good weather we have had thus far.

Today we began studying the 7 Churches of Revelation. Our day began at the ancient ruins of Hierapolis where we considered the reality of what losing your life so that you can find it really entailed for the members of the early church. We also got to spend some time at the end of the site exploring the travertine falls on the Southern end of the city. It’s not snow; those are calcium and other mineral deposits from the hot spring nearby.

Hierapolis

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After Hierapolis, we went to the location of Colossae. Nothing has been excavated there, but it was a powerful moment to consider the entire book of Philemon as a powerful picture of the Gospel and opportunity to consider how we should respond to other believers when we are wronged by them.

Colossae

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We finished our day at Laodicea – the first of the letters to the 7 Churches that we were able to study. We learned about how some of the specific characteristics of the city can be seen in Jesus’ words to the church. We also talked about how easily the world around us lulls us away from needing Jesus.

Sorry for the short post, but we’ve been having lots of fun after dinner and haven’t had much time for blog posts. Hope you all are doing well!

By Matt Lantz, Forge Director

Laodicea

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev 3:14-16)

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Built in 400 AD, this beautiful martyrium was built in honor of Phillip, the disciple of Jesus. Phillip counted his life as nothing, and followed the Lord even when it cost him his life. I'm grateful this place is still here, and that we can continue to remember Phillip and the faithful ways he followed God. #Forgereunion #Asiaminortour

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{beautifully adorned pillar} I've never been more aware of my identity and purpose than now. Right here. In Turkey. Surrounded by the most ornate and magnificently preserved remnants of the early Roman Empire. God is so gracious to have given me a physical representation of my identity and to constantly and so lovingly remind me of who I am and why I am here. I'm learning to stand firm in the grace of God because I know it is my only sure and steady foundation. It's only day 2....#what??? #forgereunion #4g13 #pinecoveforge #turkeytrip

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Channeling my inner basic white girl with this feet photo & delighting in the natural Turkish hot springs that we got to play in today! God is the BEST designer of all the good things! #forgereunion #4g14

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Laodicea | "Self-sufficiency will inevitably lead to self-justification." | Have I become so reliant on what I have; my own resources, my own provisions, my "independence", that I've forgotten Who I have? Woe is me to not heed Christ's counsel to the church of Laodicea in Revelation: "Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent." | {Rev. 3:14-22} #forgereunion #4g13 #pinecoveforge

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Loving this classroom, this teacher and this sunset. #forgereunion #4g14

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